On Twitter, Democratic Lawmaker Calls For Trump’s Resignation
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) called upon President Donald Trump to resign on Wednesday in the wake of published recordings in which the president admitted to playing down the coronavirus, despite knowing it was deadly.
Cohen wrote on Twitter: “Manslaughter! Negligent Homicide! A felony against America!!#ResignNowTrump before you cause more death and economic destruction.”
In an earlier tweet, accompanied by a CNN clip featuring portions of his recorded conversations with veteran reporter Bob Woodward, Cohen wrote: “#TrumpKnew the dangers of the virus. He intentionally misled the public, which has contributed to the deaths of over 190,000 Americans. This is manslaughter and it is despicable. #TrumpLiedPeopleDied”
The New York Times’ Editorial Board weighed in on the matter Wednesday as well, noting that even beyond the president’s lies, members of his administration failed to act as well:
On Feb. 7, during a taped interview with Bob Woodward, President Trump acknowledged that the coronavirus could be transmitted through the air, that it was very dangerous and that it would be difficult to contain. “This is deadly stuff,” he told the investigative journalist.
Despite his apparent understanding of the severity of the disease and its method of transmission, over the next month, in five cities around the country, Mr. Trump held large indoor rallies, which were attended by thousands of his supporters.
Mr. Trump spent weeks insisting in public that the coronavirus was no worse than a seasonal flu. It would “disappear” when the seasons changed, he promised in late February. “We’re doing a great job,” he said in early March.
Nearly 200,000 people in the United States have already died, and hundreds of thousands more have suffered grave illness — often followed by a slow, hard recovery and, in some cases, permanent disability. Tens of millions of people have lost their jobs, and millions are on the cusp of losing their homes. School systems and elder care networks are struggling to function. The economy is in tatters.
Imagine what this picture could look like today had the president been honest with the American public on Feb. 7, calmly taken charge of the nation’s response to the pandemic and done his best to protect them.